County health officials want to make sure the flu is something people don’t receive this holiday season.
As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Riverside County Department of Public Health is reminding residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible, especially since flu season typically peaks this month and in January, health officials said.
“The best way to protect yourself and your family is to be preventative and be proactive,” said Tonya Geiger, the county’s chief for immunization. “We want Riverside County families healthy and encourage residents to get a flu shot.”
From October through Nov. 30, nearly 10,000 flu shots have been administered in Riverside County, Geiger said.
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- If you’re sick, don’t go into work and make everyone else sick. Get some rest.
- Cover your cough.
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~Tonya Geiger, the county’s chief for immunization.
~Courtesy of Riverside County Department of Public Health
Something, she said is outstanding.
“And we’re still giving more,” she said. “That’s a number we’re hoping doesn’t decline.”
She added that flu season can begin in October and can linger through June, which is why county officials offer flu shots throughout the fall and winter months.
Though anyone is susceptible to the flu, the most at-risk people are pregnant women, children younger than 5, adults older than 50, those with a chronic health condition like asthma, or caregivers and healthcare workers, county officials said.
The vaccine is recommended for residents six months and older, Geiger said.
This year’s vaccine will protect against the H1N1 strain, as well as H3N2 and influenza B, according to the California Department of Public Health.
The county’s 10 Family Care Centers offer flu shot clinics in Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Perris, Corona, Riverside, Rubidoux, Jurupa, Banning, Palm Springs and Indio.